Jimmy Page and Robert Plant do indeed plan on showing up to a trial beginning June 14 that will explore whether Led Zeppelin copied the 1968 instrumental "Taurus" to create the iconic song "Stairway to Heaven." And attorneys for the musicians are reacting strongly to the plaintiff's demand they be compelled into attendance.
"Plaintiff's motion is a PR stunt in the hope of tainting the jury pool," states an opposition brief filed on Tuesday (May 24). "Despite being told that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones fully intend to appear at the trial, plaintiff’s counsel misrepresented to the Court at the April 25, 2016 Pretrial Conference that Messrs. Page, Plant and Jones 'are refusing to appear in this court in the claims against them,' and plaintiff’s counsel repeated that misrepresentation to news cameras on the Courthouse steps, causing a flurry of press reports repeating plaintiff’s false accusation. When those reports died down, plaintiff triggered renewed reports of his misrepresentation by now filing a belated motion that is so devoid of merit it can only be seen as playing to the press."